Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Post Rally and A Melt & Pour Aloe Vera Soap Recipe

Last Saturday, I was at JomOiling Young Living Live Your Passion Rally at Dewan DUN Hulu Klang, AU2. I did 2 demos. One is a basic salve/balm recipe and the other is Aloe Vera Soap. I didn’t have the recipe print outs to give away so I promised that I will post the recipe on my social media.


Ingredients:
  • 150g Soap Base also known as Melt & Pour soap base
  • 1 teaspoon Shea butter (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Aloe Vera powder
  • 8 drops of Lemon Essential oil
  • 7 drops of Peppermint Essential oil


Note: I use Young Living Essential Oils.

Method:
  1. Melt soap base and shea butter in a double boiler
  2. Once melted, remove from heat and add in Aloe Vera powder
  3. Add the essential oils
  4. Pour into soap moulds

Easy peasy lemon squeezy! If you don’t have time to make them, check out my estore. I sell this soap for RM20 per 70g bar and RM50 for 3 x 70g bars.

I make small batches at a time so they are fresh and I don’t keep them on the shelf for long.
Here are some pictures during the rally:

Thank you Aishah for the picture. Me in action with shaky hands. Getting too old to do these stuff.

Group photo with JomOiling Team. Great job you guys!

I’ve also made some lavarock diffuser bracelet for the Rally. I’ll be putting them up in the Estore for sale soon.





Signing off.

Rozi out!


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

NaturallyRozi at JomOiling's Live Your Passion Rally on Saturday, 7 April 2018


I stumbled into essential oils purely by accident. I had a date with my friend, Mastura one day and she let me sample YoungLiving’s Tranquil Roll On. I generously rolled it onto my wrist and fell in love with the scent. On my way home, I was stuck in a traffic jam but I notice I was not stressed and in fact was enjoying the ride as the Tranquil scent linger in the car. I knew I found something worth researching.

I was raving about Tranquil on my social media network and publicly announce my wishlist of getting one for myself. A friend who is also an Independent Distributor for YoungLiving saw my posts and she sent me a 5ml Lavender essential oil and her own blends of Pain Relief and Focus Blend. I totally loved them and I started to quiz her on YoungLiving and essential oils and what have you. Long story short, I signed up as an Independent Distributor in November 2017 and embark on this wonderful journey of many discoveries with essential oils. (Thank you Aishah! You can’t imagine what door you’ve opened for me!)

Me being the curious cat cannot settle with just diffusing and applying essential oils topically. I begin to look up on other ways people use essential oils in their day to day life and I’ve made my own blends, detox deodorant and facial soaps to name a few. That led to the birth of ‘NaturallyRozi’; apt don’t you think?

Anyway, my NaturallyRozi is going to have it’s first maiden booth appearance at JomOiling’s Live Your Passion Rally this Saturday, 7 April 2018 at Dewan DUN Hulu Kelang, Jalan AU2A, Taman Seri Keramat, Kuala Lumpur. There will be lots of activities and awareness on how to incorporate essential oils in your daily live and I will be doing a demo on making basic salve and a simple melt and pour soap. Check out the the information on the poster on how to obtain the tickets for the event. If you want to learn more about essential oils do mark your calendar and get your tickets. 

See you there!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Editting Overlapped Designs in Silhouette Studio for Cameo/Portrait

I’m a bit late with publishing this post because it took me forever to publish it to Youtube. So, without further ado, here’s the video.


I had an enquiry on how to cut overlapped design sometime back by one of my course participants so I made this video to explain better. The narration in the video is a mix of English and Malay so fellow Malaysians won’t find it strange. 

I am pressed for time so I might go back to the video later and add subtitles if I ever get the time.

So, I hope this video would help the newbies with Silhouette Studio to design and work better with the software.

A few announcements:

  1. My telekung class will be on tomorrow, 31 March 2018 at LamanSeni Zilakasim. Details about it here.
  2. I have been invited to take part in Jomoiling’s Live Your Passion Rally on 7 April 2018 at Lake Gardens. I will be bringing my NaturallyRozi’s products for sale on that day. Stay tune for more news.
  3. April’s Intensive Silhouette Training (read about it here)will be on Sunday, 15 April 2018 at The Craftsical. If you’re interested to join the class, please contact drop me a line in my contact form on my estore here.
OK, that’s all folks!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Kutu Cameo3 Batch 5 and Kutu Heat Press


My first kutu group started last March 2017 and ended December 2017. Since then, I’ve launched the second group which is due to complete in May 2018 and Group 3 and 4 is running simultaneously since January 2018 and expected to complete by October 2018. Suffice to say I have ample experience in handling kutu groups with 4 kutu group in the past 1 year.

The rule is simple. 10 people form a group and collectively pay RM160 a month for 10 months and every month, one of the member in the group will receive a Cameo3 unit and gets to attend my Silhouette training (read about it here). There would be no problem if 
  1. everybody COOPERATES
  2. everybody PAYS their dues ON TIME EVERY MONTH
My selection to determines who gets the machine every month is via first come first served basis. That is, I follow the sequence of registration from my online form. Payment deadline is before or on the 10th of every month

Registration for Group 5 is still open and I’m hoping to start the group in April. So, if you’re interested to take part, click here and fill up the registration form and I will contact you via WhatsApp and add you in Kutu Cameo3 Batch 5 group.




In addition to my Cameo3 Kutu group, I’m launching another kutu group; Kutu Heat Press. The heat press is a highly recommended piece of machinery for those who wants to press Heat Transfer Vinyl to make custom T’shirts. You can also press HTV onto tote bags, pouches, etc. And it’s getting to be a favorite amongst crafters or bagineers where they use it to press the interfacing with Heat Press. It definitely speeds up the ironing process. Here’s some HTV projects done by some of my training participants:

Custom bandana by Jenny Phong

DIY Cameo dust cover by @jahitbynadia

Handsome men with custom t’shirts made by Rosnah Mani

Personalised backpack by Siti Ayu Liyana

Simple Drawstring Pouch by @nizana18
Back to the story; Registration for Kutu Heat Press is open. I’m looking for 6 paxs only with a monthly commitment of RM200. Kick off date for this group is also April 2018 so if you want to join, click here to register.

For any enquiries, feel free to drop me a line here. (This will take you to my WhatApp number)

Friday, March 23, 2018

Kelas Telekung at Laman Seni ZilaKasim



Just a quick announcement. I’m organising a Telekung Class at Laman Seni Zilakasim on Saturday, 31 March 2018. It’s been a while since I last conduct a Telekung Class and in view of the coming Ramadhan, I felt it’s high time I organise one. 

This class is meant for Advanced Beginner to Intermediate level. Meaning, you should have solid basics in machine sewing. It’s not a beginner’s class. The fees includes a Telekung Kit:
  • 2.5m white material for telekung
  • 4.5m white lace for embellishment
  • Paper template
  • notes
Lunch is also provided during the class.

Past students who wish to come for a refresher class, the class is open for you at a much cheaper fees ie RM50 to cover for the studio rental and lunch. However you have to bring your own materials. Whatsapp me if you wish to come for a refesher class.

Having said that, here’s a checklist of the things you need to bring to class:
  • Sewing machine. If you want to rent one, the fee is RM20. Please let me know so I can book the sewing machine for you and it is subject to availability. So, first come first served.
  • Sewing tools eg. measuring tape, marking tools, scissors, white thread, etc.
To register, you can go to to my Estore. I’ve added this class in the Workshop subcategory. You can click here to register.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

5 crafty things you can do with your kids during the school break

So the school break is here. I dare say, it’s not something WAHMs look forward too. Having the kids around the house more often than not just screws up your routine, your plans and what have you; or is it just me? When my kids are younger, I tend to block out any craft activities or work. I can never get anything done.You spend more time in the kitchen fixing food; the kids are alway hungry. You just fed them breakfast, and they’re already asking for snacks, you know, that sort of things. 

I for one tries my best not to resort to tv and electronic gadgets to fill my kids time. So, I thought I put together some of the crafty things you can get your kids to do and do these activities with them for some family bonding time.

#1 Batu Seremban

Good old fashion hand eye coordination game. Teach them how to make their own batu seremban with scrap fabrics, some coarse sand or rice, thread and needle. Nowadays, kids play with 5 batu seremban. You don’t have to stop at a set. Make extra sets so they can give it to their friends as birthday presents or a just because present. Or they can sell them and learn commerce.



#2 Rock Painting

I personally love rock painting as much as my kids do. I get a sack of medium size flat rocks, wash them and they are ready to be painted. Use acrylic paint and unleash the creativity. I used to get smaller rocks so I can get my kids to make cute stuff like these cute strawberries and I use them as pattern weights. The kids can also give them to their teachers as paperweights. Teacher’s day is in May so it’s a good time to get started on some DIY gifts. 




#3 Perler or Hama Beads


You can get a medium sized tub of perler beads from Ikea along with the base and set your kids to make their own stuff which you can turn into a keychain like the picture below. You can look up in the internet and find patterns which the kids can follow. When my son is 10, I let him use my mini iron to heat and fused the perler beads together. For younger children, you might need to help them with fusing the perler beads.




#4 Leathercraft


You don’t need to get vegetan leather. Scrap leather or faux leather would do the same trick. I have metal stamps so my kids use them to make leather keychains for their teachers and it’s hand-stitched.



#5 Air Dry Clay

You can get them from any online crafts shops. They are reasonably priced. And they are fun to play with. I made these cute kittycats many years ago and finished them as bag charms. My daughter loves them. I like the fact that I don’t have to bake them in an oven.


OK, that’s 5 crafty things you can do with your kids. From the pictures, it is hard to deny that I had a good time myself playing with things I never get to play with when i was a kid. Try it. It’s fun to let the kid in you out and play with your own kids once in a while. Leave a comment if you have other ideas for kids crafts during the school break.



Friday, March 16, 2018

Opening A Company Current Account For Your Business (for Malaysian Mompreneurs/WAHMs)

Prelude:

I decided to start an estore last month. A typical sanguine approach to the whole setup; I jumped right into it and hope I would be able to swim without sinking to the bottom. I’ve been crafting since a few years after I got my son (2008). I’ve started online business through this blog, facebook, instagram and whatsapp since 2010. Business seems like a big word. Well, it kept me busy through the years, I even had some down time post bazaar year (2012) and hardly take any orders at that point. I made a come back in 2014, doing more workshops and craft classes around Klang Valley and by the twist of fate, I embark on my Silhouette Sales and Training journey last year which got me into the creation of the Estore. I just wanted to streamline the process of channeling orders so I can track them better. I still get orders via other social media platform which I still entertain but gradually, I hope I can get my customers to go to the Estore and perform their transactions there.

Anyway, back to the story. Once the Estore is up, I realised that I wanted a more convenient way to expedite payment. The current method I’ve been using is the direct transfer method. I’d send my customers my bank accounts and the amount due and they do the transfer. It is all done MANUALLY! I wanted a more hassle free way. When I signed up with EasyStore, they offered a free registration with the payment gateway ie. IPay88 and eGHL. Once I got the email with the documentation to be completed, one of the requirements is to provide 3 months COMPANY CURRENT ACCOUNT statements. I don’t have that. So I need to open one or I can’t apply for the payment gateway for my Estore and I’m back to the dark ages of doing things the hard way.



Why do you need to have a company current account?

If you’ve taken time to read my prelude, you know that I need one to apply for a payment gateway system. Other than that;
  • To standardize your business transactions. Never mix business with pleasure. Your business transactions should go into your business account; not your personal account. 
  • Proper Book-keeping system. When your business grows bigger eventually, you need to have this in place. I wasn’t ambitious. I thought it was a hobby and it’s a bonus to actually earn from your hobby. It took me 8 years to realise that this can be a serious thing. This can generate income substantial enough for my household. So, even if you don’t see the income coming in now, just go ahead and open a company account anyway. Be prepared for success.

What do  you need to do to open one?

  1. The pre-requisite: You need to register your business with SSM (Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia or Companies Commission of Malaysia) 
  2. Go to the nearest bank branch and obtain a form to open a company current account. It is a multiple pages form and take time to run through it with the bank officer to make sure you don’t miss out any details to fill in. I tell you, the mere look at the form alone makes me want to stab a knife to my heart. The paperwork is killing me! 
  3. If you’re the patient one and want to safe a trip, then by all means, you can fill up the form at the bank and submit it on the spot provided you’ve all the supporting documents that they requested. I have a friend who did exactly that. I wasn’t patient enough to do that and prefer to torture myself slowly in the comfort of my home. 
  4. The supporting documents for the application.
    • IC copy
    • SSM documents
    • Company stamp
    • Introducer-you can be your own introducer if you have a current account with Maybank.
      I made my own company stamp with Silhouette MINT
  5. Once you’ve compiled the documentation, make your way to the bank for submission. According to the bank officer, it takes them 2-3 days to process the application. I didn’t have my hopes high because during my consultation with a friend who had gone through the process, she says it can be anywhere from 2 days to a month. So when I didn’t hear from the after 2 days, I kept my cool and gave them more time to process the application. My reminder went off last Wednesday where it’s exactly 2 weeks after my submission. I went on my stalker mode and start calling and following up on my application. Called the bank in the morning, the officer in charge said he’d call me back later. When I didn’t hear from him after an hour, I called back after lunch at 2 and the officer in charge is out for lunch. Finally at 5, the person in charge called back and said my application is approved and I can come to the branch to conclude my application.
  6. Bring your IC and Company Stamp to the bank. You need to sign a few papers, have your thumb scanned, yada yada yada and they will eventually give you a letter with your bank account number. The bank officer will also help you register your Maybank2u account as in my case I opted not to get a chequebook. Everything is online anyway. To activate your account, you need to deposit or transfer RM1000 to your brand new company current account. I guess the officer sees that I’m savvy enough to handle the online transaction that he let me do it at home. There is a 24 hours cooling off period for you to transfer the amount into the bank account or it would be terminated. I’ve waited 2 weeks to open the account; God helps me if I’m foolish enough not to do the transfer ASAP.
So there you have it. I survived through that ordeal. I want to prepare you to what lies ahead when you embark on this journey so you’ll be better prepared than I was. I stumbled on this post to get a general idea of the process involved: http://akasiiik.blogspot.my/2016/08/cara-buka-akaun-perniagaan-enterprise.html. 

If there’s interest, I’d do a series of posts covering the whole setting up an estore process to securing the payment gateway system. Leave a comment if you want to read about this.

Till then, keep calm and thank goodness it’s Friday :)


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